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# what does the phrase "the harder they come, the harder they fall" mean?

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It's DEFINITELY the harder they come, the harder they fall.

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- fangtaiyangLv 71 decade agoFavorite Answer
The saying is," The bigger they are, the harder they fall." This basically means that the higher one goes, the longer the drop. A current example is the execution of Saddam Hussein. His death has more news value and is generally seen as more important than the death of an average Iraqi because of the position of power that he had. Both people are dead, but there is more noise over one.

- 1 decade ago
Artist: Jimmy Cliff Lyrics

Song: The Bigger They Come The Harder They Fall Lyrics

Well they tell me

There’s a pie in the sky

Waiting for me when I die

But between the day

You're born and when you die

Oh Lord, they never

Seem to hear even your cry

And as sure as the sun will shine

I’m gonna get my share of what’s mine

And then

The harder they come

The harder they fall

One and all

Oh the harder they come

The harder they fall

Well the oppressors are trying

To get me down, trying to drive me

Under the ground, and they think

That they have got their battle won

I say: "forgive 'em Lord

They no not what they’ve done"

And as sure as the sun will shine

I’m gonna get my share of what’s mine

And then

And I keep on fighting for

The things I want, though I know

That when you’re dead, man you're gone

But I’d rather be a free man in my grave

Oh, than living like a puppet or a slave

And as sure as the sun will shine

I’m gonna get my share of what’s mine

And then

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The link given by bcheng3 actually contained almost a solution. I'll extend the explanation a bit. Let's assume a >= b >= c >= d. This is without loss of generality. Then lcm = a+b+c+d <= 4*a. Since each of a, b, c and d must divide the lcm, specially for a this gives that lcm = one of a, 2a, 3a or 4a. Let lcm = a. This implies b+c+d = 0, which is impossible. Let lcm = 3a. Then it is divisible by 3 obviously, and so is the product abcd, since it is divisible by the lcm. Let lcm = 4a. Then the only possibility is b=c=d=a. The least common multiple of four same numbers is again a, which is in contradiction with lcm = 4a and a > 0. I'd expect the continuation to look approximately like this: Let finally lcm = 2a. Then b + c + d = a. This means a <= 3b and lcm <= 6b. As lcm must be divisible by b, it must be b, 2b, 3b, 4b, 5b, or 6b. Using the same arguments as above, we get lcm = b or 2b are impossible due to the given inequalities. lcm = 3b would mean abcd is divisible by 3. lcm = 5b would mean abcd is divisible by 5. lcm = 6b implies b=c=d and a=3b, so the lcm would be 3b, which is contradiction. So the worst case is now lcm = 2a = 4b. We'll rewrite a+b+c+d = 2b+b+c+d = 3b+c+d = 4b, thus b = c+d, a = 2(c+d) and lcm = 4(c+d). Again, divisibility by c and the condition c >= d bound this to integer multiplies of c up to 8c. Last time repeating the same argument, we'll cross out c, 2c, 3c and 4c due to the inequalities 5c and 6c give the correct result (divisibility of abcd by 5, and 3, respectively) 8c leads to contradiction Only one possibility remains: lcm = 2a = 4b = 7c. This allows to write a = 7/2*c and b = 7/4*c. Adding, lcm = 25/4*c + d = 7c => d = 3/4*c. Of course, c must be divisible by 4, but then d divisible by 3, making divisible by 3 the product abcd. Huh—this was long. Very possibly straighter ways exist. But it is a proof anyway, isn't it? [EDIT] There was a huge error in this place... The rest is OK, but I had a wrong example. Thanks the user B.Sc. Math for noticing!! Edit: I can see that my explanation is EXACTLY the same as the official solution Dannix posted :-D However, I swear I found it independently! The only idea I used in the beginning was the hint from bcheng3's link (which is also easy to come up with alone). Let this serve as an indication that it's probably the optimal way.

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- Dr Know It AllLv 51 decade ago
It's similar to the top answer, but it's more like "the harder they come (at you), the harder they fall". It's a song title by Jimmy Cliff, also made into a movie.

- 6 years ago
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what does the phrase "the harder they come, the harder they fall" mean?

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I don't know what is that because what I know there are a phrase like this "the higher you climb, the harder you fall"...

- 1 decade ago
I believe it is "the bigger they are the harder they fall" Which means that it is self explanatory.

- 5 years ago
Like Dr. Know It All said, it s more like "bring it on". I m gonna get what s coming to me. You wanna test me, you ll get put down. Badass lyrics.